My intention with “The Phantom’s Blade”

I do not write stories simply to tell them. I do not look for the stories to merely entertain. I want them to have staying power and so they reflect the moments of my life. My next story explores the grim reality of loneliness and the hope of companionship. It shapes a future that is ever […]

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Sneak preview! The Phantom’s Blade

First draft of The Phantom’s Blade is done! Coming this Fall 2015 this novel is the highly anticipated fourth installment in The Sword of the Dragon series. I am pleased to present this sneak peak at the novel, its opening chapter. Enjoy! The Phantom’s Blade (The Sword of the Dragon series) book 4 Chapter 1: Despair beyond […]

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The Ghost of A. Chantz and Clever fiction titles

If you have read Key of Living Fire you will not be surprised that I enjoy spooky stories. One such story comes from none other than The Dick Van Dyke Show. I love watching old television shows with my wife and kids. I’m a bit of a return-to-the-old-ways kind of guy. The Andy Griffith Show, Leave it […]

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Finishing The Phantom’s Blade (in the midst of my busy life)

For the past two years my readers have been asking, “When is the next book in The Sword of the Dragon series coming out?” This fourth installment is titled The Phantom’s Blade. This writing project has been my most difficult yet. Why? Because I am juggling family, a full-time day job, and writing projects. This […]

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What to do when a minor character shifts the spotlight

Some writers outline their novels and somehow they strictly stick to those outlines. However, when I outline I stick to it only roughly. The story ends up taking the lead… instead of the other way around. That is what happened recently when I was working to wrap up the final arc in The Phantom’s Blade. […]

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Cover reveal: The Phantom’s Blade (The Sword of the Dragon Book 4)

In preparation for the release this Fall of The Phantom’s Blade (The Sword of the Dragon book 4) I commissioned the same artist who did the new edition for the Neverqueen cover. Here is the final cover: Novel plot tease: From across the sea the Maiden Voyage has failed to return to the Hemmed Land, leaving Ilfedo to wonder at […]

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The Challenge of Writing Part-time

There have been a few seasons in my writing life when I could devote one hundred percent of my working time to writing. The challenge for me now has been that I have various commitments that vastly limit my creative and writing time. Here is a glimpse into the challenge I face. This is not […]

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How to create original fantasy creatures

Among the interesting questions I have received from fantasy readers is the one regarding my process for creating and naming original fantasy creatures. Here is my little how-to on the process: Take fascinating creatures from the real world and dissect them. Ask yourself: What do I find fascinating about these creatures? What abilities do they […]

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